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Blue Bell ice cream is back on the market in select stores

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After nearly five months since the initial Blue Bell recall production stop, Blue Bell Creameries has now reopened distribution of its ice cream to select stores in Alabama and Texas. According to the USA Today, there will be five phases to reenter the market in 15 different states considering the only Blue Bell ice cream being produced is in Sylacauga, Ala. The first phase include distributing Blue Bell ice cream to stores in Montgomery and Birmingham, Ala., as well as well stores in Houston, Austin and Breham, Texas. The Blue Bell recall began in April when at least 10 people ... Read More

Alabama Contractor Sentenced For Lying About Worker Safety

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An Alabama steel and roofing contractor has been sentenced to three years of supervised probation, 30 hours of community service, and penalties totaling $55,000 for lying to federal investigators conducting a probe into worker safety after a work site incident that seriously injured three workers. Marcus Borden, who runs his contracting company from Russellville, Ala., pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal authorities on May 13, 2015. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in March 2013, Mr. Borden was supervising a five-man crew on a roofing project In Cordova, Ala., when a severe thunderstorm ... Read More

OSHA sentences contractor for lying about safety violations

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Following the discovery of multiple safety violations and false statements, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sentenced steel and roofing contractor Marcus Borden from Russellville, Ala. to three years of supervised probation and 30 hours of community service. According to AL.com, Marcus Borden was in charge of a roofing project when an accident occurred during a severe thunderstorm on March 13, 2013, resulting in serious injuries to three of the laborers. During OSHA’s investigation of the incident, Borden explained to an OSHA inspector that he had been at the job site during the accident and required workers use the ... Read More

Pediatrician claims Risperdal makers manipulated side effects data

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A leading Canadian pediatrician claims a major drug company “crossed the line” when it intentionally left out data involving side effects with its antipsychotic drug used to treat children with behavior problems. “My name is on an article in which there is some data that has been left out. That, to me, crosses a line,” Dr. Denis Daneman with SickKids hospital in Toronto told The Star. The article was published in 2003 and found that there was no connection between the drug Risperidal and increased risk of certain side effects, including gynecomastia, a condition in which boys and young men ... Read More

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges massive hospice and Medicare fraud scheme

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The trial of a whistleblower lawsuit against AseraCare, one of the largest for-profit hospice providers in the U.S., started in Birmingham, Ala. Monday, with plaintiffs’ lawyers expected to give opening arguments in the case that accuses the company of fraudulently billing U.S. taxpayers nearly $70 million for the care of patients who weren’t really dying. As egregious as those allegations sound, federal prosecutors say the larger issue is that AseraCare “caused hundreds of non-terminally ill patients to prematurely give up seeking a cure so it could bill Medicare for hospice,” AL.com reported. AseraCare operates about 60 hospice facilities in Alabama ... Read More

Air University announces Air Force Cyber College headquartered in Alabama

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Air University leaders at Maxwell Air Force Base, located in Montgomery, Ala., hope to help solve the nation’s cybersecurity problems with the opening of the new Air Force Cyber College. Cybersecurity has been the topic of much debate after multiple data breaches executed by foreign countries affected the United States. Slated to begin this fall, the Air Force Cyber College will be a virtual institution “headquartered” in Maxwell using cyber curriculum accumulated from all the Air Force colleges from around the nation. Airmen, both stateside and abroad, will have access to the cyber courses through online and video courses designed for the ... Read More

Ice Cream Production Resumes At Blue Bell’s Alabama Plant

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There are some promising signs that Blue Bell ice cream will soon be available in stores again after an outbreak of Listeria poisoning traced to its products earlier this year caused the company to shut down production at all of its facilities. The Brenham, Texas-based ice cream company started making ice cream again in its Sylacauga, Ala., plant July 20 under a “test and hold” policy, meaning that no products are being sold. Instead they are retained to test for bacterial contamination. So far, the new batches of ice cream have passed the tests, officials with the Alabama Department of ... Read More

The Fraud List: CVS Caremark profits from Medicaid fraud

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CVS Caremark is the pharmacy benefit management and drugs-by-mail division of CVS Health, a Woonsocket, R.I., based company currently ranked by Fortune Global 500 as the 35th largest corporation in the world in terms of revenue. As both the owner of nearly 70,000 retail pharmacies and the manager of pharmacy services for thousands of clients, the CVS family of companies is well positioned to make enormous profits in the health care field. The corporation manages pharmacy benefit services for employers, health insurance companies, unions, government employee groups, managed care organizations, and other health care plan providers throughout the U.S. CVS Caremark, ... Read More

Judge refuses to dismiss Prozac birth defects lawsuit

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A lawsuit filed by a woman who claims taking Eli Lilly & Co.’s antidepressant Prozac during pregnancy caused her child to be born with a heart defect will move forward after an Alabama federal court refused the drug company’s motion to dismiss the case. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins found that the plaintiff, Dana Fields, had a genuine dispute against Eli Lilly, and that she could show factual causation that her doctor would not have prescribed the drug to her had he known the risks, even though the doctor is now deceased. Fields claims that in 1996 she took Prozac ... Read More

Big private investment will help Blue Bell resume ice cream making

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Blue Bell Creameries said that a “significant investment” from a Texas oil billionaire will help it get back on its feet after being shuttered for months following a Listeria outbreak linked to its ice cream products. Sid Bass, a prominent Texas billionaire, invested an undisclosed amount to the privately owned ice cream manufacturer. The company said the investment would allow it to start making test batches in its factories once again. In May, Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse told the company’s small group of investors that it required up to $125 million to recover from “a financial crisis that could ... Read More